Weekly Update Dec 19: Membership Directory 2012; Season’s Greetings


Sa, Dec 31 Deadline – Membership Directory 2012: Listings and Announcements
Su, Dec 25 Christmas Day
Mo, Jan 16 M.L.King, Jr. Day
Mo-Th, Jan 22-26 TET Lunar New Year (observed)
Fr-Su, Feb 24-26 Winter Weekend: Save the Date
World Bank Economic Update: Vietnam, Nov 2011
World Bank: Vietnam Key Indicators, Nov 2011 (East Asia & Pacific Update)

Did you win?? Click this link to see the List of Raffle Prize Winners Ticket Numbers and Silent Auction Bid Winners at the AmCham Governors’ Ball – “A Hawaiian Christmas.”

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Events, Meetings, Activities, and Special Offers

AmCham Membership Directory 2012 Final chance for AmCham Members to update or provide company profile to AmCham office. Be sure to submit it to Cindy Tran no later than December 31, 2011. This deadline is also applied for advertisement bookings on this annual publication.

Election Results, Annual General Meeting, December 14, 2011 In connection with the AmCham Vietnam (HCMC) Annual General Meeting on Wed, Dec 14, 2011 the following members were elected to the Board.

VILAF is proud to be winner of several international awards such as: “Banking and Finance Law Firm of the Year” 2011 for Vietnam at the Acquisition International Legal Awards; the “Best Firm in Vietnam” Award and was nominated for the “Best Firm in Talent Management” Award at the Euromoney Legal Media Group’s inaugural Asia Women in Business Law Awards. These recognize VILAF’s commitments for the advancement of women in the legal profession.

Business Lunch at Saigon Saigon Bar Salads, gourmet sandwiches and desserts are served. Classic choices include smoked salmon and avocado salad, tomato & feta cheese salad, classic turkey club sandwich, and Asian shrimp & pork hash. End lunch with a signature dessert like ice mousse nougatine or chocolate espresso ice-cream.

Dec 16, 2011 – Jan 8, 2012 Legend Hotel Saigon’s Festive Package Festive Season is usually an expensive time to travel. Why don’t you spend your holiday luxuriously at this river-front 5-star international hotel with its Festive Package from 16 December 2011 until 8 January 2012? Applicable for Vietnamese and expatriates residing in Vietnam, the package is priced at only VND 2,012,000 for single or double occupancy in a Deluxe Room with several special benefits.

Dec 24 – 31 Carnival Party at Caravelle Hotel From 9:00pm to 1:00am, Saigon Saigon Bar is throwing a Carnival Party featuring music by Cuban bands Luna Negra and Warapo, accompanied by spirited samba dancers, and washed down with newly-created concoctions from behind the bar, such as Saigon Saigon Bar Ciroc, Blue Heaven and Ocean Dream.

Caravelle Celebrates Spirit of Charity this Christmas Caravelle Hotel hopes to send a spark through more than just the fairy lights at its traditional Christmas kick-off party this December.

Legendary Christmas at Legend Hotel Saigon Party in style at The Legend with extravagant buffet, novelties and stunning live entertainment…

Season’s Greeting at Park Hyatt Hotel Square One and Opera are the perfect places to celebrate the festive period. Featuring an array of culinary celebrations and an endless flow of Moet & Chandon, our Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve menus will inspire the palate, satisfy the senses, and create warm memories for years to come.

Celebrate Christmas and New Year at Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon There may be no place like home for the holidays, but there’s no home like the Renaissance Riverside Hotel when it comes to celebrating. Enjoy enchanted Christmas Eve Dinner and Ring Out the Old Year and Ring In the New at the Renaissance.

Fr-Su, Feb 24-26 Winter Weekend: Save the Date

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Stay informed about Vietnam-U.S. trade and investment with Weekly Updates (Past Issues).

News and Issues Updates

ISHCMC Celebrates Opening of New Wing and Launches HCMC’s only 1 to 1 computer tablet program ISHCMC held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and an Open House with nearly 300 students, teachers and parents on hand to join in the festivities.

Hedge Fund Elliott Associates Takes Vietnam to Court Elliott in 2000 famously won a four-year legal battle against the government of Peru, when the Peruvian government ended up paying $ 56 million to Elliott to settle the case.

Vietnam Risks Stability If Policy Eased: IMF, World Bank Vietnam’s economic stability is “fragile and premature loosening of policies will risk repeating the recent pattern of recurring instability,” the IMF said.

Vietnam building 2nd terminal at Hanoi Airport “Expected to be completed by the end of 2014, was designed to handle 10 million passengers per year.”

World Bank Economic Update: Vietnam, Nov 2011 Stabilization gains remain fragile and any premature loosening of policy will risk repeating the recent pattern of recurring instability. Vigorous implementation of fiscal consolidation and structural elements of Resolution 11, including restructuring and reform of the state enterprise sector and the financial sector should help Vietnam return to a more sustainable macroeconomic environment while laying the foundations for greater efficiency and productivity to drive medium and longer term growth. But undertaking these deep, structural reforms will require strong leadership, careful implementation, support from development partners and foreign investors, and some short-term pains.

World Bank: Vietnam Key Indicators, Nov 2011 (East Asia & Pacific Update) Domestic credit expansion … ; inflation … ; other key indicators.

An Analysis of State-owned Enterprises and State Capitalism in China, 2011 The Chinese government and state-owned enterprises (SOEs) remain potent economic forces. Indeed, some of China’s SOEs are among the largest firms in China and the world. They are major investors in foreign countries. They have been involved in some of the largest initial public offerings in recent years and remain the controlling owners of many major firms listed on Chinese and foreign stock exchanges.

Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment News for the Asia-Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC), prepared by the BGR Group.

U.S. Chamber Asia Weekly Update, Nov 28 – Dec 4, 2011.

Click this link to read News Highlights: Business, Trade, and Investment in Vietnam and Asia.

Last week’s most popular links to events and articles

AmCham Membership Directory 2012: Company Listing and Announcements
World Bank Economic Update: Vietnam, Nov 2011
Why you should ignore the crowd and buy Vietnam
Christmas 2011 (U.S. Holiday – observed)
AmCham Winter Weekend, Feb 24-26, 2012
World Bank: Vietnam Key Indicators, Nov 2011 (East Asia & Pacific Update)
Vietnam: a question of balance
TET Lunar New Year 2012 (VN Holiday) – Year of the Dragon – Jan 22-26, 2012

Recent Events and Information Resources

Event Presentations and PHOTO ALBUMS Did you miss an AmCham event? Were you there but wanted to have a copy of the presentation? Didn’t get the business card of the person you were talking with? Now you can download the presentations by clicking on the above link. Also, you can see a list of people that attended the event, with links to their company contact information.

Click the following links for recent event information and to download presentations and view photos.

Members Lunch: Do you have the right KPIs? – Balanced Scorecard approach
Presentation by Adrian Gardiner
Breakfast Briefing: Making Arbitration Work for You
Presentation by Nguyen Manh Dzung
Networking Night: How do Companies React to High Inflation in 2011?
Presentation by Hoa Nguyen

Other popular information downloads

Southern Key Economic Region: Ports, Industrial Parks, Roads
Developing a 21st Century Workforce in Vietnam
AmCham Letter to Prime Minister re Decree 46 and U.S.-Vietnam BTA
Project 30: PM’s Advisory Council on Administrative Reform
Labour Code and National Conference on Industrial Relations
About AmCham : New Members Welcome Briefing, Sep 20, 2011
Industrial Real Estate in Vietnam, Sep 2011
Vietnam Competitiveness Report, 2010 – Michael Porter, et. al.
Vietnam Provincial Competitiveness Index, 2010
Asia Development Bank (ADB) and the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS)
Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Road Network in 2015
ADB to Mobilize $ 10 billion for Vietnam projects over 2011 – 2015
Connecting Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Railways: A Strategic Framework
Asian Development Bank: VN Economic Fact Sheet
World Bank: Vietnam Economic Data and Statistics
World Bank: East Asia & Pacific Economic Update, Nov 2011: Vietnam Report
2011 Total Remuneration Survey: Mercer & Talentnet. 329 Firms, 90,282 employees
Ho Chi Minh City Metro Rail System Project Map
Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Responsible Tourism
About AmCham : Support for Education in Vietnam
Consumer Trends in Vietnam, 2005 – 2011
BRIBELine: Report a Bribe (anonymously)
TRACE International: Anti-bribery compliance solutions
An Analysis of State-owned Enterprises and State Capitalism in China, 2011
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Ministers’ Report (Summary), Nov 2011
Outlines of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (Details), Nov 2011
Sr Official: Background Briefing: ASEAN, East Asia Summits, Nov 2011
White House Fact Sheet: ASEAN-United States Leaders Meeting, Nov 2011

Online Membership Directory Looking for information on AmCham companies? Click here to browse the Online Membership Directory for information about and contact points for nearly 500 AmCham companies, and over 1,000 representatives. Members can contact other members by email via the AmCham web site. Also, links to company web sites for even more information about AmCham companies in Ho Chi Minh City.

Benefits and Services Review AmCham benefits and services and learn how you can benefit from Networking Online, with over 250,000+ visitors and 350,000+ page-views per month to www.amchamvietnam.com.

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